• Daffodils prove spring is on its way


    In a meeting Thursday morning, someone mentioned that they'd just seen a patch of March lilies blooming.

    So after the meeting, I grabbed my camera and took off to get some photos of this early sign of spring. Sure enough, there they were. And on my way back to the office, I saw two more patches blooming.

    I got excited. Spring is my favorite time of the year.

    As the next few weeks pass, spring will gather its momentum and winter will be pushed aside for another year.

  • Way to go, Kentucky


    Though this year's legislative session started off with a bang, few bills have made it to Gov. Steve Beshear's desk.

    House Bill 463 is one of the few awaiting the governor's signature.

    According to a Legislative Research Commission news release, House Bill 463, sponsored by Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, is the result of a task force that examined the state's anti-crime efforts. The reform package is the first comprehensive examination of the state's criminal laws since 1974.

  • Bills, bills and more bills

    "I'm just a bill.

    Yes, I'm only a bill.

    And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.

    Well, it's a long, long journey to the capital city.

    It's a long, long wait while I'm sitting in committee.

    But I know I'll be a law some day.

    At least I hope and pray that I will.

    But today I am still just a bill."

    -School House Rock!


  • Let's think outside the box


    It seems to me that state lawmakers are trying to treat the symptom and not the problem with the "Sudafed bill."

    The bill, which has passed a Senate committee, would require anyone seeking medication containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, to have a prescription first. The thought is that by making it more difficult to get the drug, methamphetamine manufacturers would have a tougher time making the highly addictive drug.

  • I'll take my money now, thanks


    The CKNJ Bookmarks reading group had a great meeting on Sunday - with several new faces in addition to familiar ones.

    If you enjoy reading, give us a try. We meet once every three months to discuss a book we've chosen. We know that everyone has busy lives, and that's why we decided to meet just four times a year. But we have a great discussion on those four days.

  • Questions women ask


    "Do you remember the color of that sweater I gave you when I was a sophomore in high school?" my wife nonchalantly asked me. "You remember, don't you? It was the first real gift I ever gave a guy. I was so proud of that."

    We had been admiring the sweater our daughter had given me for Christmas. I stroked the sweater as my mind raced back 30-plus years, trying to remember and think of a proper response to her question.

  • Mind the rules of the road


    The holidays are over. And you can definitely tell.

    People in Campbellsville are generally nice. They typically wave as you drive by and many of us know each other by our first names. We are, for the most part, a close community.

    And it seems the holidays make people in general a bit nicer. We seem to say "thank you" a bit more often, and we may actually mean it when we say it.

    People also open their wallets around the holidays to donate to those who are less fortunate.

  • Wetter? Definitely. Warmer? Maybe.

     "This winter looks to be warmer and wetter than average."

    Yep. I wrote those words, published on the front page of the Central Kentucky News-Journal in late November.

    But before you start lobbing tomatoes - or snowballs - at me, I didn't make the prediction. It was a state hydrologist who said, based on a Pacific Ocean pattern, this winter could be warmer and wetter than average. I repeat, "could be."

    Have you ever tried to predict the weather in Kentucky?

    Wetter? Sure. Warmer? That remains to be seen.

  • Triumph over tragedy in Tucson


    The stories of the heroes who stepped up to help and, in some cases, save the victims of the Tucson tragedy keep rolling in.

    The first and most prominent was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' college intern, Daniel Hernandez, the young man who helped her after she was shot. While many people call him a hero, Hernandez insists he is not one: "I think ... anyone would have done the same thing for anyone, because it's a human being and you need to make sure that you help those in need."

  • A bird in the hand ...


    Apparently, I'm not a very skillful driver. You see, a teenager flipped me "the bird" Saturday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot.

    I can only assume that gesture was her opinion of my driving skills.

    I had stopped by the grocery to pick up a few items, and as I was leaving, I pulled out of the parking aisle and headed toward the stop sign at the center of the lot.